Project Area 06 of the Wau Holland Foundation covers activities for informational
self-determination and against data retention and surveillance.
As commercial "social" network services like Facebook abuse user-contributed contents
and personal information as an asset to gain financial profit, the Wau Holland Foundation
funds projects like SecuShare, Unhosted, GnuNet and Psyc that support the information
self-determination of the users in social networks.
In the project area 05, german title “AlphaBITisierung” the Wau Holland Foundation funds
educationals activities and projects that promote a responsible handling of new media and
In this context the Wau Holland Foundation has financed the first meeting of the
CCC-related project “Chaos makes School” as well as several workshops with soldering
equipment and electronics for kids on the Dresden based event “Datenspuren” (data traces).
WikiLeaks is a publication platform
to anonymously publish documents which are of public interest. The project wants to support those
who want to expose unethical behaviour or activites in their own government’s or corporation’s.
A system for mass publication of information and analytics which does not allow identification
of sources has been created. Wikileaks started in 2006.
Wau Holland Foundation supports Wikileaks in fulfilling the goal of freedom of information
and funds operational costs of the servers providing the publishing platform as well as
journalistic research and aggregation of material, publication activities as well as
reimbursement of travel costs and funding for those engaged on the base of greenpeace-standard
Wau Holland Foundation funds the operational costs (Hardware + running costs) of the XMPP
Instant Messaging platform operated by the Chaos Computer Club.
Fundraising has been very succesful as well as the service provided.
"We had an enormous wave of contributions after our last call for funding, which
allows us to continue to provide the service for a free jabber.ccc.de - we thank to
all donators! We have been able to raise over 5.000 EUR - with this money we bought
new hardware (1HE, Intel Core 2 Quad, 8 GByte RAM, 320 GByte in RAID 1, plus a
universal power supply ). We will also be able to cover traffic and housing
costs with this money." (CCC statement on the Jabber donation campaign)
Anonymity network TOR
Tor Tor is a network for the anonymization
of traffic data. It is applied to TCP-connections and can be used for Webbrowsing, Instant
Messagging, IRC, SSH, E-Mail, P2P and other services. Tor protects against the analysis of
communication traffic of it’s users. The name "Tor" is an acronym which is can be used for
different meanings; though usually it stands for "The Onion Routing".
As a project to support information self-determiniation the Wau Holland Foundation engages
in various levels of the Tor network. In coordination with the Tor foundation the Wau Holland
Foundation supports european network nodes, particularly European ones, and the coordination
among it’s operators.
Campaign against Voting Computers
In Germany’s federal elections in September 2005 the government used voting computers from the dutch
company NEDAP. The integrity of the election counting process cannot be reviewed in a public way. The
use of voting computers is subject to heavy debate due to the various possibilites for manipulation.
The public trust in election computers is gone.
The Chaos Computer Club therefore leads in coorporation with the Wau Holland Foundation a campaign
to dismiss the legal base of voting computers. For the campaign research has been conducted and
documented on the manipulability of voting computers. Through freedom of information act inquiries
the publication of the costs structures and financial interests in the procurement processes are
covered. The campaign also takes legal steps against the use of election machines due to their
Free donation to the Wau Holland Stiftung
Free donations (without specific assignment to a project) help us with our work in general
and will help to support our own projects in respect to our charter. The decision, which projects and
activities will be financed directly will be made by the board of the foundation. This helps to
support smaller projects or activities like refund of expenses for speakers on CCC events or
working on making the 'hacker archive' public:
Hacker Archive (archive of contemporary technology)
When asked "Don't you get angry that the Chaos COmputer Clubr Club is likely to be surveilled by
secret services and other agencies?" Wau Holland always replied weith a smile: "No, these
institutions are archiving for my grand-children..."
If such an archive really exists or not, we don't know; but it makes no difference either,
if it is not publically accessable. More should remain from a timespan, where German hackers
influentially laid out a path towards an informed society - not just an nformation society.
At least more than a few fading memories, a few video takes, a few books and a collection
of myth and legends. And publically accessable of course.
The Wau-Holland-Stiftung and the Chaos Computer Club have initiated a joint venture
to realize such an archive of the hacker movement. The project is a long-term endavour and is
split into many separate sub-projects and timeframes. There will be two archives: a physical
one and and electronically accessable one.